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Moon Rocket Jupiter Class by HandofManos Moon Rocket Jupiter Class by HandofManos
The final version that goes with the Space Shuttle mk2. Intended as the unit that will bring a 8 man crew to the moon and back. The service/command module will actually act as a first module for a lunar orbiting space station that will act as a way point for more expeditions and eventually will be used as a station to go further.

It will also provide support for the lunar lander which will deliver 6 astronauts to the surface of the moon while the remaining crew will stay in the orbiting command module and spaceship.
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:iconjdunk1971:
JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
I like the look of the larger rocket, but aren't you tempting fate by calling it the 'Jupiter III'?
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Possitive spirit :) and it sounded right. That being said another name might have been more fitting but even so...

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lmbednark Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
That space shuttle looks awesome, and I love the idea of a UN space agency. Do you plan on making more of these in the future?
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I might in the future but at the moment I do have a few other projects which deserve attention :)
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Cool concept Manos, I'd be interested to see what sort of coupling/detachment mechanism is used for the shuttle to successfully perch on that big arse rocket. ;)
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It will be quite similar to the Hermes concept :)
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Oh nice, that was another interesting crew vehicle concept that got cancelled.
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Manned space exploration is at an all time low it seems. Even so you never know what the future will bring
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ShadowCrusader155 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Quite an impressive looking machine you've got there
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :D it will be able to carry a much heavier payload the the original saturn V rockets
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ShadowCrusader155 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Excellent, we take more stuff into space now!
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats the idea :)
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Marrekie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Now that's one hell of a firecracker :-) Nice work mate. Mankind could achieve spectacular goals in space if such a heavy booster was actually available.

You did some excellent designwork here, especially on the Hermes derived shuttle configuration. Makes sense in several ways. Mooi ontwerp man.
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bedankt! It was fun to work on. Now only uhm a moonlander :D
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josephw71 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Very very cool!
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks it was a fun design to work on
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GruntJoe Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
I'm showing this to my dad. He'll get a kick out of it. He's a senior engineer at NASA, and they are working on a new launch vehicle, due in 2017, so you never know, this might inspire some of them!
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A new launch vehicle? That sounds great! is it by any change similar to the Ares I? And they (NASA) inspire me :) I hope one day we will once again go back to the Moon and beyond.
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GruntJoe Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Well, right now it's planned to be just a single vehicle, not with a separate cargo vehicle. And there are plans for a moon base, and eventually a space station to use as a launch platform for manned flights to Mars. But that's a ways down the road. I live in Huntsville, AL, so me and my brother went to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center quite a bit as kids. And now my kids love it.
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let's hope it will eventually happen but that is something for a distant future :) It sure sounds nice to live near such in inspiring place. The only space orientated facility nearby is a major R&D center for ESA called ESA Noordwijk.
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GruntJoe Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
It is a fun place to visit. For a while they had a huge Star Wars exhibit that showed modernized representations of some of the technology shown in the movies. Also, they had quite a few of the movie props. And did you know Werner Von Braun had....either 12 or 16 honorary PhDs, in addition to the ones he earned?
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is quite cool indeed. And I didnt know Von Braun had 16 honorary PhDs :)
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GruntJoe Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Well, he did do quite a bit to advance the technological level of the US, and we were lucky to get him before the Russians grabbed him up before the space race kicked off.
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am actually watching Space Race and watched some documentaries about that :)
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Zaeta-K Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice work :)
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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darquewanderer Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Very interesting design to say the least. The Jupiter III looks doable, but I'm not sure about the shuttle sitting on top of the rocket, although it does remind me of von Braun's '53 rocketship.
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
before the apollo rockets, there was a spacecraft desgn much like this, it worked too, but was scrapped due to low cargo/crew capacity
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darquewanderer Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
That same design from Collier's magazine was later used by Disney for the "Man in Space" animated shorts.
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
never knew that, cool
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darquewanderer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Well what they said. Old is new again. :D
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chaos-sandwhich Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In this case I actually took a good look at Boeing's X37 and the Hermes Spacecrafts. This would be larger then those though since the shuttle as seen here is only slightly smaller then the actual one.
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darquewanderer Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Well, I'll say this. The design is growing on me.
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XRaiderV1 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
will the aforementioned crafts be drawn? cause seriously... I'd love to see the completed set. if this rocket/shuttle image is so well done.. the rest would be the icing on the cake.
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will certainly work on the other crafts so no need to worry :)
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AdamKop Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It turned out pretty well. I like the shape of it - it looks like a beefed up version of old moon landers.
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks and yeah it is certainly bigger and my idea is that these missions will provide the starting point for further exploration of the moon and our solar system
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axeman3d Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your lunar rocket looks like it needs a lot more engine if its going to reach orbit. Three small engines and boosters dont look anywhere near powerful enough for that size of payload.
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good point. I will probably replace the boosters with more powerful units and add a center exhaust as well. This will gives it a 4 main exhausts and 3 aux. units.
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